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Cappella Mediterranea - Falvetti's Il Diluvio Universale

2 hours
First broadcast:
Saturday 05 July 2014

Cappella Mediterranea perform Il Diluvio Universale by the Sicilian composer Michelangelo Falvetti, live from Fribourg

Presented by John Shea

Mariana Flores, soprano - Rad
Matteo Bellotto, bass - Dio
Magali Arnault Stanczak, soprano - L'Acqua
Fabian Schofrin, countertenor - La Morte
Fernando Guimaraes, tenor - Noé
Evelyn Ramirez Munoz, mezzo-soprano - La Giustizia Divina
Caroline Weynants, soprano - La Natura Humana

Cappella Mediterranea

Choeur de Chambre de Namur

Leonardo García Alarcón, direction

The Flood in music: Michelangelo Falvetti, maestro di cappella at Messina Cathedral during the 1680s, is today a relatively neglected figure but his compositions burst with imagination and gripping drama. Il diluvio universale is a sacred 'dialogue' oratorio, in which there is no joined-up narrative, but in which the soloists and chorus take roles in a sequence of dramatic tableaux. The subject is The Flood, and the cast includes God, Noah and his wife and a chorus of drowning folk, as well as Death, Divine Justice, Human Nature and the Four Elements.

Music Played

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Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes


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